Tuesday, November 16, 2010

One little, two little, three little pilgrims

Psalm 84:5
Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. 
I scored a free subscription to Martha Stewart Living, by way of taking a survey recently.  I was skeptical if it was a legit offer, but last week I received the November issue.  I love the magazine and was thrilled to find something practical I could do take from it.  As soon as I saw the picture of these cute pilgrim hats, I knew we were going to have to make them.
We've been learning about the pilgrims and the kids are enjoying this book, one chapter a day. It's funny because as we read it I can't help but parallel the Separatist concerns and reasoning for leaving Holland to me and Joe's concerns about raising our children.  Don't get me wrong, we live in a great country and I am thankful for the freedoms we take for granted everyday.  The Separatist had freedom in Holland too, but they were concerned about the influences of the Dutch on their children.  They were willing to face severe adversity, leave behind what little they had and sacrifice everything in pursuit of preserving their faith and families.  I'm not planning to move to a desert island somewhere in hopes of closing out the rest of the world.  But it is encouraging to know that nearly 400 years ago parents were struggling and searching for ways to train their children the right way and protect them from worldly influences and ideals.  I'm thankful they made the choice they did to come to this new world, we should never take their courage and faith in God for granted.  This is what I love about Thanksgiving, such a great time to reflect on what our country was founded upon.  It is vital that our children be taught and reminded how blessed we are to live here, and to know the true history of the United States of America.
I must go now, my children have ceased an Indian attack and come out of their cabins to tell me they are ready for some lunch.  Joseph would rather be an Indian than a pilgrim.  He chases the girls with his bow and arrow and they squeal and shriek louder as they run with their dolls and slam doors in his face.  I guess, I have to agree, that is a more adventuresome way to play.


Bonnie said...

Going to comment on you last few posts....

Love Love the Bass Pro Shop post. Joseph is such a boy, WOW. Slightly jealous too that you have a store so close. I'd have to drive 10 hours but that is what you get when you live in the boonies.


Then we are slightly more protected from the world's evils. I really like what you said in this post. I am not a homeschooler and not sure I have it in me to be one. But those that homeschool like yourself...are AMAZING women and I am intrigued to hear how you do it all. I sort of think of myself as a weaker Mother because I just know I need my space and not sure if I have the discipline. Our children goto a Catholic French Immersion school. I love the Mass they have once a month, religion classes and how they incorporate of love for Jesus and worship songs into their day. Not your typical old style Catholic school.

But I know there is still so many other influences in the world that could steer my children in the wrong direction and that is such a hard part of parenting for me.

I ask God for guidance and wisdom all the time.

Can't wait to hear news of baby. Praying for you and baby and a healthy delivery!!

Miranda said...

Thanks for taking the time to leave sucha long comment, I loved it. Don't you dare think of yourself as a weaker mother!! We are all passionate and called to parent differently. Thanks for the kind remarks, and I'll give them right back at you!
I wish I lived in the boonies, well sometimes! :) Maybe I'll have to come visit one day!

Doll Clothes Gal Pal said...

Cutest pilgrims I have ever seen. :)

Nate and Erin said...

FYI- I read your blog and store your ideas in my head for when I start homeschooling Mylee. Somedays I am so excited about it, but then there are days when I wonder how in the world I will do it! You're proof that it can be done and done well!

Bonnie said...

I'd LOVE For a visit from a bloggy friend. So far I'm going to Colorado and Alaska...lol...I know your midwest right???

Miranda said...

Ha, yeah Kentucky! :)